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The recently completed sealing and a new car parking area on Macleay Island is a ‘sign of things to come’, says Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards. The new parking area which provides parking for 42 motor vehicles, was a bonus from what was originally to be a sealing upgrade of Southsea Terrace from Brighton Road to Ryde Street. Redland City Council internal construction crews and contractors were given the task of upgrading the important strip from the new Macleay Island Medical Centre premises for the entire length of the street to the east. Just prior to that, council advised that it would not be going ahead with a proposal to lease a large area of land adjacent to this street next to the old LJ Hooker office. That was a blow to Cr Mark Edwards who had hoped the large area could have been useful, particularly whilst construction of the new large car park and waterfront works valued in excess of $8 million, was being carried out, with a start date announced in the coming days. However, the council works team at the 11th hour came up with an alternate plan that saw the Southsea Terrace road works expanded to incorporate a car park strip the length of the street that now accommodates 42 car parking spaces. “This is a great compromise,” Cr Edwards told The Friendly Bay Islander. “I am really please how this area has turned out, and it will be particularly handy when the construction of the big new car park on the foreshore gets underway in the coming days.”

• Cr Mark Edwards and the new carparks and sealing on Southsea Terrace.

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